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How to store/stock your car for long periods

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  1. Surya

    Surya Superiore

    Namma Bengaluru
    [h=2]What you need to do if you're not going to be using your car for a few weeks or months (How to store/stock your car )
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    If you are going to leave your car unused for a while in the drive way or garage there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that it will be in good condition and ready to use when you get back. </SPAN>

    Steps :
    1. Change the Oil</SPAN></SPAN> and filter.</SPAN></SPAN> If the car is being stored for an extended period of time, measured in terms of months or years, talk to a mechanic about using oils without additives, which may include slightly caustic detergents. If the car has been sitting for more than 3 months, Change the oil and filter again before driving. Oil breaks down over time, even when the car is stored.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN>

    1. Empty the fuel tank or keep only a small amount of fuel in the tank, and add some stabilizer to it, and refuel it with fresh, premium fuel. As the Condensation in the tank is a problem in stored vehicles, and all premium non-alcohol fuels contain some percentage of water content in them which when kept for long periods will be released resulting in corrosion of the tank. Also over a period of time the fuel can become "gummy". In case you would like to keep the fuel in the tank make sure to add a stabilizer to the fuel. You may check with the fuel pump guys how they preserve the fuel. If you don't, you will be seeing engine problems and possibly car stalls. </SPAN></SPAN>
    2. Inflate the tyres to proper pressure,</SPAN></SPAN> If you are storing for different seasons (hot/cold) climate, check the manual for proper pressures. Over inflation while in storage may help to prevent flat spots. After storage expect some thumping tyres until they are driven for sometime.</SPAN></SPAN>
    4. Clean and wax the car.</SPAN> Be sure to wash under the car to remove any dirt, especially from the the wheel wells. Clean the interior extensively, being especially vigilant about all food
    scraps and particles; these can attract small animals. Removing the carpets for heated indoor storage will prevent them from becoming musty. Consider placing a sheet of vapor
    barrier plastic under the car on the floor if being stored indoors</SPAN>
    . This will prevent water vapor buildup in an unheated garage, and also makes it very easy to spot fluid leaks when
    the car is removed from storage. </SPAN>
    5. Open a window slightly if stored indoors, but not enough to allow small animals inside</SPAN>. Put the top up if it's a convertible. Stuff a rag into the air intake and exhaust to prevent
    animals from nesting, covering this with a metal screen (1/4 inch square screen is useful here). Some suggest using strong-smelling chemicals like soap or mothballs to keep animals away,
    but these can leave a smell in the car. If you must use a cover, typically only for outdoor storage or very dusty locations, use a cover that is ventilated and allows water vapor to escape.
    Wicking materials, similar to those used on sporting "technical wear", is widely used in high-end covers. As an alternative to ventilation you could seal the garage and use a dehumidifier –
    which is cheaper and probably better than heating. (A dehumidifier will need a low-temperature shut-off though as it can't work below about 4C. Corrosion is not a problem in very cold
    weather, provided the car is dry and free from road salt. Be aware of rodents and other pests that may choose to make a home in your vehicle. Consider placing baits around the car, and
    if possible have someone check the vehicle (and the baits) periodically. Rubber belts and hoses are particularly susceptible to chewing damage. Inside seats and within ventilation ducting
    make great homes for vermin.

    6. Use a battery maintainer if the car will be stored for more than a month</SPAN>. These are basically "smart" battery chargers that only turn on periodically. For short times, a few months,
    the maintainer can be attached to the battery while still in the car. For extended periods, if you are comfortable with basic mechanics, removing the battery and attaching the maintainer to
    it outside the car is a advisable task. If you choose to do this, be sure to contact the car's manufacturer to ensure that this will not confuse the on-board computers, and that you have
    written down any needed access codes for devices such as the stereo or alarm. Also Placing a battery on concrete will not cause it to discharge any faster than any other surface. A
    battery will self-discharge slowly over time regardless of the surface. An unused battery should never be allowed to sit over 6 months without a recharge. Lead acid batteries should not be
    stored inside homes. Under certain conditions they may discharge toxic or explosive gases.

    7. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the windshield under the wiper blades, to prevent the rubber from sticking to the glass</SPAN>. Better yet, remove the blades completely and store
    them in a warm place (perhaps beside the battery and carpets). If you remove the blades, be sure to pad the ends of the wiper arms, which can scratch the glass if inadvertently turned
    on. You can also leave the wipers in place and just wrap them with plain plastic wrap. This can be gently scrubbed from the window if it sticks. Alternatively, if your car has the
    windshield wiper arms that pop out and away from the windshield, you can store them in the "out" position. Be mindful of leaving wiper arms extended. If they snap back on the glass, the
    arms can break the windshield, especially in colder conditions. Instead, Wrap the arms in a washcloth and bind with a piece of duct tape, then lay the arm back on the windshield. This will
    protect the arm from rusting to the windshield.

    8. If you are comfortable with basic mechanics, remove the spark plugs and spray a small amount of oil into the cylinders to prevent rusting, then insert the plugs again</SPAN>.
    Special "fogging oil" is available for storing boats, and will work well here. Use of a spark plug anti-seize lubricant on the threads is always advisable, as to prevent the threads from sticking.
    It will make disassembly easier, when it's time to change the spark plugs. When applying anti-seize lubricant on the spark plugs, try to get the Lubricant only on the threads, and not
    anything else. Also, a little dab of anti-seize lubricant goes a long way; be sure not to apply too much. Before removing the spark plugs, be sure to use compressed air to blow any foreign
    matter away from the spark plug holes to prevent dirt and other abrasives from entering the combustion chamber.

    9. If the car will be stored for extended periods of time, it is advisable to jack it up on axle stands to avoid flat spots in the tires</SPAN>. "Extended" in this case depends on the type of
    tyres; bias-ply tires need to be jacked up sooner than radials, and high-profile sooner than low-profile. A "classic" car with fat bias-ply tires should be jacked up if stored for more than a
    month, a modern sports car with low-profile radials should be fine for a winter.

    10. Release the parking brake.</SPAN> If the brake is left on, the brake pads can stick to the rotors. Place chocks under the tyres to prevent movement, which is even more effective than the
    brake, anyway. It is not uncommon for the brake rotors to develop surface rust during storage. This is most often just a cosmetic problem and can be eliminated during a few driving stops.
    Heavier surface rust can be burnished off the rotors by performing 15 moderate stops from 35-40 KPH with cooling time in between. If you have access to the car during the storage period,
    exercise the brakes and clutch once a month to help prevent sticking of the seals inside the hydraulic components.

    11. Place a note to yourself on the steering wheel outlining which optional steps above you carried out (carpets removed, battery removed, etc)</SPAN>. When returning to the car,
    ensure all of these steps are reversed, checking them off as you go down the list. The list should contain every item separately;

    12. Make sure to Lock the doors</SPAN>. It will help in case someone tries to steal something from your car.

    May be few simple steps like this will keep the car similing in a long run... </SPAN></SPAN>

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  2. Surya

    Surya Superiore

    Namma Bengaluru
  3. Naughty

    Naughty Superiore

    Very useful info Buddy :up

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